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The time has come: Class of 2016 you are about to go to that next world that many of you have been dreaming of. And yes, for some of you, many of you will be making that mark so badly. I know this. But guess what, before you or some of you will walk across that stage: Just know that many or some will or will not have your back. But also, as newly fresh grads as you are, it’s time to claim “your Sweet 16” in a way that is known: your opportunity. So here is for the newly grad class of 2016: your blog letter.

Dear Class of 2016:

It’s me Stephen. You know, that black blogger guy from a city like Milwaukee.

Congrats to you! Many of you have finally made to the final level about to be graduates and soon to be, Alumni Members of the schools that you have to give back to.

I’m assuming that many of you will be getting your plans together . The same ol’ “after college” plan that will be asking you even after you get your degree. You know what they are. However it is something that is going to be asked of you every day just to keep in mind. Just a sidenote to you High School Grads making the next level: you’re in this too! No matter if your next level involves College or the Armed Forces.

But yes, it’s your time to be recognized. It’s your time to be appreciated of the four, sometimes 5, or 6 years of work that you put into. No matter if it was High School, College or University, you made your stamp on history! And no one can never take that away from you. NOBODY! Defend your degrees. And also, there will be folks will might say, “So you think you’re so fresh or better than me just because you got a degree from some school!” Just a word of warning. But don’t let some goober with a half-pint brain never tell you any different. Many of you had to go through hell, fire, and brimstone just to get to the commencement. Some of you, who had to drop out years ago, for some other reasons, probably made the journey back to finish and get your degree! Some of you whom had served in the military, came back or entered college to finish the goal that was previously started. Many of you who are 1st gen, 2nd gen, or 3rd gen who are from various backgrounds of historical accomplishments in family education, are adding something new to the trophy case. And some of you, (kind of myself) are graduating just to prove a point to belong or actually proving some goobers wrong with all the negativity that was swirled around with bad unethical thoughts who are now just eating crow. That happened to me 10 years ago this month graduating from UW-Stout. Graduating in the area of Industrial Management and used Distance Education to do it. Don’t front old school trads!And by the way, 2006 still rocks! I should also point out, that you might inspire someone from the audience that watched you walk with your class to go and work on their future degrees to get. I’ve seen it happen and it worked.

But in all seriousness, you have your power. Just use it. Not just for you, for those who got you to the dance. Just like President Obama said at Howard University, the very same Howard that Diddy said his address, he spoke about: “be confident in your blackness”. Since Howard is a HBCU, why not he spoke to that notion. And of course the Obama haters via Fox News had to say something dumb. But yes, the President was on point when  he said be bold in your blackness. I know that yes, the College has other folks walking the Yard, but in that speech, I knew whom he was talking to. Sort of like what Jamie Foxx said on the BET Awards years ago when he said “This is for all the Black People! ” Not racist! Understand that.

Now I need direct my attention to the jack off idiots whom are “Soft Administrators” and idiots who feel that high school seniors who got Valedictorian status and many other status that many will not obtain.

CALLOUT: Louisiana: I’m calling your non gotee facial rules what it is. Flat out BS!

CALLOUT: And to the school district who wouldn’t allow a senior to walk across the stage with her class all because she said some poem with the N word printed. You have jumped the gun, but obviously failed to realize that this could be a warning that she might go through once leaving the school. Matter of fact this happened to a white kid at my High School 10 years ago, but the dude almost didn’t graduate because the truth he wrote on MySpace about the crime and concerns of Milwaukee. Um hello! The date was 06-06-06. No kidding. And were still taking about it 10 years later with the crimes taking place now.

*Just a sidenote, that senior who almost got yanked for not walking with her class, has now graduated.

And the last thing, why would any school administrators would take away a black dudes chance of graduating, and having on a Kente Cloth?! As in representing the black culture?! Really?!

Man, some of our school administrators in the schools are so soft! I’m sorry. As a Alum I feel disgusted by which these silly rules are being enforced by the schools to not allow our Black children to participate in the event they worked hard for. And I also blame these scared racist voters whom feel afraid or anguish against black folks trying to make to grad day. And I’ll bet those same folks whom are stuck on stupid with not making it themselves. Watch your back, 2016 grads! Keep making the haters mad by doing your thing. Sooner or later they will realize that your success will turn heads and crack skulls! Trust me! And watch overtime how they disappear. Knowing the thought, some might even be kissing your butt for a spot on the job line. And I know many of you are VOTERS! If you didn’t like to be yanked from your Graduation spot because of facial hair, a poem that reflected the truth, or having a Kente Cloth on your graduation gown, THEN YOU MUST VOTE to change the game! Let your Administrators, or Council Members, or Mayors, or School Superintendents know that this matter does not sit well and yes you have a right to complain. These person(s) work for you, and you have a right to hold them accountable of what they do. If they don’t work for you, as in progress, VOTE THEM OUT! Or matter of fact, you can challenge their seats to compete for their jobs!  And if you’re not yet a voter, it’s time to become one.

Well Class of 2016, you’re Alums now. And every single year, I come on here to tell you that your old High Schools and Colleges/Universities need your help in support the future causes. I urge all of you (even though most of you are younger than me) to join your school’s Alumni Associations. Donate to your alma mater by donating some of your time and effort to support this life long cause. I know many of you are getting some of those Grad Dollars of checks or cash from your mama and them. I mentioned this 2 years ago, why not donate some of your grad cash to your alma maters to support a lab, library materials, or new gym lockers, new computers, or donate to the arts that need new instruments, or just donate some cash to help a new cause to your old school like mixers or metro area alumni groups, or future Alumni Chapters. Even start a subgroup Alumni Chapter like African-American Alumni Chapters or Black Alumni Chapters  and alike. I know one school needs one! And also, you can go to your reunions or meetups. Even serve on Alumni Board of Directors to read scholarship essays, select future speakers,  fix up your old classroom/dorm or go to a homecoming game, and maybe as a idea: you might be called to speak at your old high school or college at a future commencement ceremony! Better get cracking on the donations, philanthropic needs and JOBS now!

And yes you can still buy that swag of stuff!

Class of 2016: take a freaking bow! The celebration has been summarized and concluded. Time to get to work.

 

Sincerely,

Stephen

 

 

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Preface: IT WILL BE, 10 years since I walked across the stage at UW-Stout in front of family and teachers. But this summary from the University explains it all. Congrats to the 2016 grads, and congrats to us 2006 grads for getting to the decade years later! So as is, plus along with the University’s 125th Anniversary, (Come to think it was their 115th Anniversary 10 years ago) here is the actual story from the University of Wisconsin-Stout’s Website.

This Friday will be the actual commencement anniversary. And also, I will be commenting on it of the preceding events, plus commentary that had those “attacking” me on this notion, but also I will highlight the last 10 years since getting the degree and the next phase for the next decade.

So until then, review the story below that was 10 years in the making.

 

Chancellor addresses May graduates

University of Wisconsin-Stout Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen addressed graduates of the May 2006 class Saturday morning, telling them that “you have done a fine job and this is a day of celebration.”

Approximately 840 graduates received degrees during the ceremony at Johnson Fieldhouse, with 120 of those earning advanced degrees.

Sorensen talked briefly about three people – Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and John Hope Franklin – that influenced not only his life, but in many ways shaped the forces of the 20th century.

“They speak to us in different ways today, but their lives and their belief systems are linked by powerful ideas and beliefs central to our history; central to our lives and your lives,” Sorensen told the graduates. “As you leave UW-Stout as new, well-educated professionals, assuming new roles as responsible citizens, I want you to think seriously about the lessons these people give us.”

In speaking of Gandhi, Sorensen mentioned how the “power of this one man’s ideas led to Indian independence and inspired a people and the world.”

On King, Sorensen talked about how the civil rights leader knew “ideas had to be transformed into action, into seeking the truth, challenging injustice, addressing poverty and all other forces that stood in the way to creating a just society.”

When discussing Franklin, Sorensen told of Franklin being “a voice and an activist for social justice; he became and remains the critic asking why America cannot do an effective job in ending racial discrimination and providing all Americans of all races the chance to live the American dream.”

Tying all three men together, Sorensen told the commencement gathering “they all committed their lives to the highest level of moral and ethical values, something we should all strive to do. They stayed true to those ideals, became living role models for all, even those that sought to destroy their character or even end their lives. Finally, they committed to apply those ideals in practical ways to work for a just society.

“That is a good charge for you and every American.”

Classes at UW-Stout ended Tuesday, May 9. An evaluation week began Thursday, May 11 and ends Wednesday, May 17.

Source: University of Wisconsin-Stout


This is for all my University of Wisconsin folks: The Real UW though, it’s a story that needs to be called and conversated. I was like many in Wisconsin last week, looking at the footage of the Vice Chancelor of Diversity, talking about a note that was left by some faceless cowards, that read some explicit languages about a some sort of threat.

For those whom have not heard the message, I want those to hear what the Vice Chancellor had to say. Be warned: this message contains explicit language. Get the kids out the room now.

 

This is just one example of what the College Campuses or Universities that are facing each day. The last time I visited UW-Madsion was way back in the 90’s. 1993 and 1994 when the Badgers Football Team was on point back then.Camp Randall Stadium. And I was with the Special Education students while in High School in Milwaukee. But this was when, Badger Football got me hooked. And have been for 23 years.

I have had some friends, some colleges, and those I know in a sense graduated from UW and keep that Badger Red flowing with their careers, activities, and giving back to those less fortunate. And I had some that worked for UW also.

But after seeing this so called note and those whom like to hide behind notes, it’s not about the giving back thing. It’s basically about having those conversations that this campus as well as any campus in the nation is having about race. For you current college students at UW, if you think stuff like this is bad, wait until you graduate and get those jobs. Those on the outside will not give a rat’s butt about your livelihood, career, or even your race! And you’ll see what they really are. This is not the classroom or residence hall. This real world, is just that. But don’t let that stop you.

Now in another sense, there is hate from the student or students who just have that same hate that many in their families probably went through the same thing. Oh, yes the colleges and universities are full of them! Even though that Easter passed, how many of these families whom had their kids being sent to college had this haterism against those of a different race because they were black? And it’s a popular college where most know? Again it’s mostly known.

Just last year, you remember the SAE Fraternity on Oklahoma’s Campus? The popular one. Yeah, that one.

Recently the Vice Chancellor had an updated video after the first one surfaced:

Plus also, an update of the story came forward when a current student was a target of the incident.

Folks, this is what happens when cowards are just that: Cowards! They hide behind the statements and try to scare away folks who are up for the chance to shine. This incident, was according to the story in Madison, was not about hating on Hillary or Bernie. This was about an issue that many know all to well, but it’s not been heard or shown. If you are a Alum of UW, you probably need to hold your donation money! That’s right hold that donation money. And while you Alums of UW are holding your money, you need to let your Alma Mater know that this story out of the campus is unacceptable and it needs to be dealt with. I know many of you, are proud Badger Alums and you take it seriously. Nothing wrong with that. BUT you need to hold your Alma Mater accountable! When UW-Stout had it’s racial incident years ago about a then 19 year old black female that was a target of racism, of course that it was talked about and summarized. But how has that improved since that incident that sparked? Also this part of the story has nothing to do with The Real UW story, but UW-Stout had an instructor that displayed signs and slogans of trauma, and killing folks once. And the thing is, the instructor was warned about this many times from the UW-Stout Police and the previous Admininstration. But one of the quotes was from a show called Firefly! A one sesason, Sci-Fi, TV show. And I remember also when that story broke out on Facebook, there were some Stout Alumni indicated that if the teacher didn’t get his job back, they were NOT going to donate any dollars to the school! OH YES THEY DID!

How was that resolved? The administration backed out and backed down that it wasn’t a real meaning to hurt those in a real physical sense. And yes he got his job back. But if that was black teacher that did those things of display, no job. Fired. Pink slipped handed away and out of the door. But we don’t want to see that now do we?

What we are talking about, is a dumb college kid that snuck a letter of hate all because the black student were calling out the Racism in a Big Ten University like UW-Madison! So if a black student at a well known or not well known college or university got a note from a faceless coward, is that person going to back down and move? Probably not.

But in all cases, the talk of racism is real. And it comes in many forms. Verbal, Visual, and many others. And it’s still real as a all white suburban neighborhood. Or the inner city. Or many others. Even at a job that many will not take due to being black in America!

Even Bucky has to realize that it will take more than a few pushups at the Kohl Center and Camp Randall to get the convo started. Just saying.

Don’t get me wrong, I like UW-Madison. But still, The struggle continues! And that is a part of #THEREALUW that many need to know and do to rise up.

 

 

 

 

 

 


For many of you, it’s that time again in which that the current senior class of 2015, or Class of 2015 in general will have to be let go. The ceremonies, the final walks, or whatever have probably ended via your commencement exercises. Of all the classes, I think the Class of 2015 really showed out this year, but NOT over my classes of 1995, 2000 and 2006, lol! But anyway, this blog letter is for all of those who got their caps and gowns with pride.

Dear Class of 2015:

It’s me Stephen. I’m a black blogger of hobby that is in Milwaukee.

CONGRATS! You have earned the degrees and diplomas that were given to you to move forward with your lives. Yes, many of you walked the aisles, said your last speeches, and most of all, walking across the stage and actually got your pieces of the documents that shows that you have made it! Again congrats.

I hope that the lessons that you got in High School and College should be valuable ones, and I hope that there are those whom you are representing have been influenced to make the move in their lives to get to the level of academics that you helped either paved the way, or making a statement. Come to think about it, I used my Graduation things of what I’ve learned to make a statement to continue on to be active and also giving back to those who gave me love in all. But what I’m really trying to say that even though that you got your degrees, and accolades in all, I have some advice: Don’t get the big head! Also whatever you decide to do, always give your dead level best no matter what. Everyday is a struggle and yes, we’re all taking a life lesson each time.

Yes, Class of 2015 the choice is yours. And even those choices needed might come with some guidance and wisdom. Yes, this is your time to shine for what good reason that maybe, but it is your time.

Also since many of you are going off to college or the working world, it’s time to talk about investing in your Alumni Associations. Check this, for me 2015 is my anniversary from graduating from High School and Tech School . For the high school side, I’ve been out for 20 years as of June 8th. I was told 20 years ago that to go to your reunions. Well, I have done that. Plus, I also invested in my old high school by taking part in it’s Alumni Association group. I helped assisted the school’s Open Houses, appeared at High School Basketball games, Homecoming,helped Alumni Receptions, took pictures of the current student activities of Musicals and Concerts, Alumni Receptions and Commencements, and most of all, donated. And attended Alumni meetings. And as for the Tech School side or Technical College, its been 15 years and I keep up with the Alumni Association activities of workshops and events advertised and planned. Get it? 20 and 15?

What this means for you 2015 folks, GIVE BACK! Give back to the schools that gave you love all those years. Donate to the causes of upcoming scholarships, events, class reunions, and feel free to network with alums that used to go to the same schools that gave you love! And just to think about, many of you got those Grad cash and checks from your peers right now. As an idea, invest some of that to your Alumni Associations for memberships, and others. Let the Alumni know what you’re doing and if you need help or assistance feel free to ask. And I know its a long way off, but in your later years, you might even serve on a Alumni Board, or maybe even, give a Commencement Speech to a future graduating class. Something to think about!

Speaking of Scholarships, here in Milwaukee, the Class of 2015’s High School groups had the highest scholarships and they are still counting as of right now. That is huge! Can it be done again for the Class of 2016?

So yes, Class of 2015: you have cemented your legacy for your now former schools. Continue to soar, revolutionize the world, and also give back to those that gave you your start!

Congrats!

Sincerely,

Stephen